Are The Small Eagles Big Enough To Deal With The NFC East?Eagles, General News, News Sunday, April 25th, 2010
Their offensive line was getting manhandled and unable to block the Dallas front seven but we won’t deal with that in this article.
Although the Eagles drafted some good football players and improved their pass rush, they didn’t do anything to get better against the run or add size and aggressiveness in their secondary to deal with the division’s big receivers.
The Eagles plan for winning football games is fairly simple. ¬†They expect to get ahead of their opponents by having Kevin Kolb throw the football to what is an outstanding set of weapons, which will force their opponents to throw the football.
Once they get the lead, they’re going to rely on Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole, newly drafted rookie defensive end Brandon Graham and the rest of their speedy defense to hold that lead with a feverish pass rush.
This isn’t anything new for the Birds. ¬†It’s similar to the mentality of the Indianapolis Colts which means Kolb has to be great and his receivers have to be great game and game out for this strategy to work.¬†
The Eagles drafted safety Nate Allen to their secondary but he’s not going to intimidate anybody coming across the middle. He’s regarded as a good pass coverage safety but he’s not much of a hitter.
The corner they drafted Trevard Lindley is supposed to be a good cover guy but not much of a tackler.¬†
I know that Stewart Bradley is returning to the line up and they traded for Ernie Sims but I’m concerned that they don’t matchup well in the division against the Dallas Cowboys strong running game and big receivers.
The same is true with the way they matchup against the New York Giants. ¬†Even the Skins may cause problems because of their size advantage.
If these teams can put the ball on the ground and control the football by throwing to their big receivers, I see trouble ahead for the Birds in the division.
Don’t get me wrong, the Eagles have a good football team and I think Kolb will have success while stepping into an ideal situation, but the Eagles are a small football team.
The defensive line is small, their linebackers are small and their secondary is small. ¬†The Cowboys, Giants and Redskins are going to run the football against the Birds and throw the ball to their big receivers.¬†
What cornerbacks or safeties do the Eagles have to deal with trio of 6’3″ receivers Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Dez Bryant in Dallas? ¬†What about New York’s 6’2″ Hakeem Nicks or 6’6″ Ramses Barden? ¬†Even the Redskins unaccomplished group of wideouts, 6’4″ Malcolm Kelly and 6’2″ DevinThomas could cause problems because of the matchups?
Who knows the Birds may jump ahead in the football games and nullify the size disadvantage, but we saw last year in the final two games against the Cowboys that there is a size problem and it hasn’t gone away.
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